REI Stoke 29 Pack - 2013 Special Buyis rated4.6154out of5by13.
Rated4out of5byChief HawkfromNice light daypackI've only used this pack once so far, but I am happy with it. It's very light, but carries a load well. For a 4.5-hour hike, I loaded it with 3 liters of water, a rain jacket, pack cover (it was raining lightly), ten essentials, lunch, and a DSLR (with carrying case). The camera is the primary reason why I carry a relatively large daypack, and this one swallowed it up with room to spare. I estimate the load to be about 15 pounds, and it was very comfortable the entire time. The only drawback was that the lid-and-drawstring closure wasn't the most convenient for accessing the DSLR...but I think this design is fine for a hiking backpack. For a more serious hike, I'd ditch the camera, and this would be a non-issue.
I think this will also serve as an overnight pack, if traveling light.
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated4out of5byModern BushmanfromGreat Lightweight Day/Overnight BackpackI got this backpack as a replacemnt daypack for my heavy (4.5lbs empty) CamelBak Motherlode. As of 03/17/2014 I've used the REI Stoke 29 backpack on two hikes and I can say that I'm "stoked" about it.
At just 1.5lbs the REI Stoke 29 is very light, the shoulder straps and waist belt make it very comfortable for my 14lb load, and the load lifters (often omitted in lightweight backpacks) add another level of load bearing comfort and flexability.
As an added bonus, it has hip pockets which I really appreciate, however, I wish the Stoke 29 had bigger hip pockets. The 2013 model I own has hip pockets just large enough to accommodate a small ziploc bag of snacks. It would be a perfect daypack for me if the hip pockets were large enough to hold my compact camera (Nikon AW100).
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated5out of5byJon Bfrom2014 update to previous reviewWanted to post an update about my experiences with this pack. Have had it now for three months and still love it as much as when I first received it.
The pack has shown itself to be versatile with the type of loads it can carry. I've used it for small loads for short hikes and it never felt loose or flapped about. I've used it for scrambling and as a daypack while camping.
Just recently I was able to reduce my gear enough that it was my primary pack for an overnight trip to the back country; carrying tent, sleeping bag, food, water, sleeping pad, first aid kit, extra layers, cook pot and stove. Overall with food and water the load was 21 lbs. Was worried if the suspension could handle it, but that worry was for naught. The pack performed wonderfully and was as comfortable as my larger 50 liter backpacks with similar loads.
This pack has met and exceeded all my expectations. If you're in the market for a solid medium size pack that can handle an active outdoor life then you can't go wrong with the Stoke 29.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated4out of5bymaritofromGood backpack, only problem shoulder strHello
I chose this backpack, because I needed a light for walking 1 or 2 days or use it in the city.
It is light, spacious. The comfortable side pockets. Very nice front pocket for fast access to coats, camera, etc..
The shoulder straps are not padded and weight (3 liters of water) gets somewhat uncomfortable and in my case, the seam (see picture) the stitching came loose.
Hopefully they can correct for future backpacks. The price and performance of the backpack are nice
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated5out of5byThe Lunar MonarchfromGreat Day PackI got this as a day pack for longer hikes. It has been great so far. I store snacks in the hip pockets for easy access and I am happy that the mesh pockets on the side are deep enough to prevent my Nalgene from falling out. It has a surprising amount of storage space in the main compartment and the top pocket is nice for easy access. The only downside for me is that the hydration sleeve was too narrow for my 3L Osprey hydraulics reservoir. But other than that, everything is awesome.
Date published: 2013-09-18
Rated5out of5byerin sfromEven better than I thoughtI love this bag. I've used it for day hikes and as a week long travel bag. I'm going to try it for an overnight, and I think a very lightweight backpacker could make it work for 5+ days. Great size, roomier than I expected, and very comfortable to carry even when fully packed. The only complaint I have is that the hipbelt pockets are useless. They're too small and the zipper placement makes anything that does fit fall out when you open them. Aside from that, this bag is great. I definitely recommend it. I tried the Flash 50, Flash 45, and the Flash 22 and didn't like any of those. This is the bag.
Date published: 2013-09-13
Rated5out of5byJon BfromGreat lightweight pack for day hikesPicked this up to be a pack for longer day hikes where my Flash 18 would be pushed beyond its limits. I needed a bag that could carry all 10 essentials, 2-3 liters of water bottles or hydration bladder, Camera, and have easy access to all of the above. The Stoke 29 near perfectly fits the bill.
I looked at several other bags before going with this one. Was very tempted to get a Flash 22 (and still might someday) because of its lightweight and being very similar to my flash 18 (which I love). Also looked at the Mountain Hardwear Fluid 18 and 26, The Mountainsmith Scream, REI Trail 25, and even picked up an Osprey Manta 36 (which was later returned). These were all great bags, but the Stoke 29 stood out from them with its lighter weight and excellent design.
So far my favorite feature is how well this bag carries. I picked up the large as I'm 6'0" and 165 lbs with a 32" waist. The torso length is perfect for me and how I prefer to carry my bags. The waist belt is cinched to its maximum and just fits. If I were any skinnier this could be a potential drawback. With the bag loaded down for a long day hike it sits comfortably and moves very well.
The stretch side pockets are easy to access without removing the bag. The waist pockets are large enough to accommodate snacks like granola bars or small (M&M sized) bags of trail mix and can also easily fit small electronics like an iPhone without any issues. The large stretch pocket can be a little tricky as you really need to load the main compartment first to ensure what your packing in there sits comfortably. The large main compartment is cavernous and can accommodate just about anything you would need for a full day hike for yourself and maybe one or two other people. And the top lid easily holds maps, keys, extra snacks, etc.
Overall a great pack for longer hikes where a smaller pack like the flash 18 would be overstuffed, but where you don't want to go with a larger sized overnight pack that might weigh twice as much.
Date published: 2013-09-05
Rated5out of5byRainer HikerfromNice little summit packUsed this pack as a summit pack for short scrambles when I am on an extended backpacking trip. Carries well.
Date published: 2013-09-02
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REI Stoke 29 Pack - 2013 Special Buy Customer Reviews